Lorde told Australian youth radio station Triple J on Friday morning that the forthcoming album will be “light, playful and fun”.
In an email to fans timed with the song’s release, she described the album’s character in terms of a beach-going girl: “There’s someone I want you to meet. Her feet are bare at all times. She’s sexy, playful, feral and free. She’s a modern girl in a headstock bikini, in touch with her past and her future, vibrating at the highest level when summer comes around. Her skin is glowing, her lovers are many.
“The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalising the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors.”
Unconfirmed reports circulated on Friday that the single may have been accidentally released early in some regions, after fans reported that it had appeared on some streaming platforms and then disappeared.
The release date for the new album has not been confirmed, though the singer has hinted that fans can “look to the natural calendar for clues” for further details.